Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Edmodo Part 17: Grading discussions and comments

This post is the next in a series of posts to help schools and teachers that I work with get started with Edmodo.

Edmodo is a powerful tool for engaging students in meaningful conversations. Posting and commenting are easy tasks for both teachers and students. Sometimes as a teacher, you still need to draw a grade from the discussion. Assignments and quizzes have grading functions built in, but there isn't an easy way to hold students accountable for posting and commenting. The best way to do this is to use a rubric.

In order to use a rubric on a discussion or a comment you will first need to create an assignment in the gradebook. Check out my previous post Edmodo Part 5: Gradebook for directions. Your assignment might look something like this.

After creating an assignment you can then use a rubric to score the post or comment. Your rubric should be designed to capture what information you are looking for. Do you care about spelling and grammar? Or are you more concerned about the content and effective discussion? Here are two examples of rubrics that are designed specifically for Edmodo.

Example 1 (Word doc)
Example 2 (PDF)

After completing the rubric, enter the scores in your gradebook under that particular assignment.

Using rubrics to assess student posts and comments is a great way to ensure quality posts and commenting.

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